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Mary Keefe, Model For Norman Rockwell’s ‘Rosie The Riveter’, Dies At 92

Rosie The Riveter

The woman who served as the model for one of Norman Rockwell’s most well known paintings has passed away at the age of 92: You know Mary Doyle Keefe, but maybe not by that name. In 1943, the then-19-year-old telephone operator had been called upon to provide a unique kind of service during the war effort: Become the face of […]

Mapping Languages Worldwide

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Some interesting stuff via WaPo:  The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts.

Ye Olde Amendment Ploy

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One of the things that a politicians can do to immediately underscore to me their total cynicism vis-a-vis their own supporters is to propose a constitutional amendment on a highly controversial subject. To wit (via Bloomberg):  Ted Cruz Introduces Bills to Stop Gay Marriage Days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, […]

Bruce Jenner and Dog The Bounty Hunter Come Out

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Bruce Jenner has come out to Diane Sawyer admitting what most had already suspected: that he’s Republican and a Christian. Meanwhile, Dog the Bounty Hunter has endorsed Hillary Clinton for the presidency. The collective minds at the Daily Caller and Fox News are officially blown.

Loretta Lynch Confirmed As 83rd Attorney General Of The United States

President Obama Announces Loretta Lynch As His Nominee For Attorney General

After waiting 166 days since President Obama first appointed her to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General, Loretta Lynch has been confirmed as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States: The Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. attorney general on Thursday, ending months of acrimonious debate and installing a black woman as […]

Colorado Man Shoots Malfunctioning Computer

Colorado Shot Computer

A Colorado Man finally had enough of his malfunctioning Dell: When ctrl + alt + delete doesn’t work, just shoot the darn thing. That’s what one man did on Monday night, according to Colorado Springs police. Lucas Hinch, 37, was cited for discharging a weapon within city limits after he took the fight with his […]

Hillary Clinton ‘Unrunning’ For President

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The press corps is already bored.

The Complexity of Genocide

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The Holocaust was a very atypical case of genocide.

Senate Deal On Human Trafficking Bill Paves Way For Vote On Loretta Lynch Nomination

President Obama Announces Loretta Lynch As His Nominee For Attorney General

A deal on the human trafficking bill that has been pending in the Senate for the better part of a month appears to have opened the door to a final vote on Loretta Lynch’s nomination as Attorney General: WASHINGTON — After weeks of difficult negotiations, the Senate on Tuesday reached an agreement on a bill […]

Egyptian Court Sentences Former President To 20 Years

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An Egyptian Court has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi, who was deposed in a July 2013 coup, to 20 years in prison for his alleged role in the deaths of civilians during protests while he was in office: CAIRO — An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years […]

Chris Christie’s Costly Indecisiveness

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WaPo’s “Top Christie ally defects to Bush” buries the lede.

Tim Tebow To Become The Fifth Quarterback On The Philadelphia Eagles

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Tim Tebow, who hasn’t played in a regular season NFL game since being released by the New York Jets at the end of the 2012 season, will be joining a Philadelphia Eagles team that is already top heavy with Quarterbacks: Reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are about to sign Tim Tebow raise a host of […]

Previewing The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

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On April 28th, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the four cases challenging state law bans on same-sex marriage. As we get closer to that date, there are likely to be many preview pieces about what is obviously the most important case the Court will hear this term. Over at SCOTUSBlog, Lyle Denniston […]

Joe Manchin Will Not Run For West Virginia Governor

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After flirting with the idea on several occasions, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has announced that he will not run for Governor of West Virginia and will run for re-election to the Senate: Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced Sunday that he won’t run for governor next year and instead plans to seek reelection […]

Norway Phasing Out FM Radio By 2017

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Norway is moving to all-digital radio.

Hillary Clinton, Sexism, and Hot Air

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Jazz Shaw has some perfectly reasonable things to say in response to my posting “Hillary Clinton, Sexism, and Male Privilege.” The Hot Air commentariat . . . not so much.

Politinerds: The Joe Scarborough Interview

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We had another special guest this week on Politinerds, Morning Joe host, and former Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough. During the roughly 50 minutes of his time that Joe was generous enough to spend with his, we talk about his time growing up in New York State and Florida, the influence that his parents, and especially […]

Michigan’s Rick Snyder Apparently Thinking Of Running For President

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is apparently considering running for President: Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who has kept the door open to running for president but not taken active steps, had a meeting with top political advisers last week to discuss moving forward with a potential 2016 bid, sources familiar with the session told POLITICO. […]

Sexism and Hillary Clinton: Maureen Dowd Edition

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Speaking of sexism and Hillary Clinton, I give you Maureen Dowd: THE most famous woman on the planet has a confounding problem. She can’t figure out how to campaign as a woman. In 2008, Hillary Clinton took advice from two men — Bill Clinton and Mark Penn — and campaigned like a man. Worried about […]

Kasich Contemplating a Run?

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So it would seem. Via CNN:  Ohio’s John Kasich moves closer to 2016 bid Mr. Kasich’s supporters filed paperwork Tuesday with the Ohio Secretary of State for a non-profit called “New Day for America.” The next steps will be a formal announcement of his 527 tax-exempt organization, along with filing the necessary paperwork with the […]

N.F.L. Reinstates Adrian Peterson

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With five months to go before the start of the NFL season, Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson is being reinstated after sitting out most of last year due to charges of child abuse, but it’s unclear where he’ll actually be playing in September: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be reinstated on Friday, […]

Russ Feingold Leading Ron Johnson In New Wisconsin Senate Poll

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A new Marquette University poll suggests that former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold would be in a very good position to win his seat back if he chose to run against Republican Senator Ron Johnson: A new poll finds former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) beating Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) by double digits in the 2016 race […]

The New Star Wars Trailer Is Out, And It’s Fantastic

Star Wars The Force Awakens

The newest teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released today at a Disney/Lucasfilm event in San Francisco, and it’s become the talk of the Internet: In so many ways, this trailer was much better than the brief glimpse we were given back in November, and there will be more to come with the […]

Mike Pence Takes A Hit In The Polls In The Wake Of RFRA Controversy

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has taken a fairly significant political hit in the wake of last month’s controversy over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act: The “religious freedom” law signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has taken a toll on the potential presidential candidate’s image in his home state, according to a new poll released Thursday […]

Lincoln Chaffee Is Kind Of Running For President

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Former Rhode Island Senator and Governor, and former Republican, Lincoln Chafee has announced that he is running for the Democratic nomination for President, then his campaign announced that he wasn’t running, at least not yet: Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Thursday on CNN that he’s running for the Democratic nomination for president, just […]

Aaron Hernandez Convicted Of Murder

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Former New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez was convicted this morning of First Degree Murder in the death Odin Lloyd and will spend the rest of his life in prison: A jury in Fall River, Mass., found Aaron Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday after seven days of deliberation. Mr. Hernandez was sentenced by […]

Rubio’s Appeal to Latinos

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(Or lack thereof). A really good piece by Stephen A. Nuño that is worth  read:  Marco Rubio Is The Lipstick, The GOP Is The Pig.

Sound Bite Reaction (Rubio Announcement Edition)

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“Yesterday is over”-Senator Marco Rubio, in announcing his bid for the presidency. So, does that mean that we are going to stop a Cuba policy firmly grounded in the Cold War (which was over roughly 8800 yesterdays ago?). Just wonderin’.

Chart of the Day: An Example of American Exceptionalism

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The following charge underscores how exceptional the United States is in this policy area is when compared to other democracies (note the countries the US finds itself neighbors with, so to speak).  Source:  The Economist.

Politinerds: Andrew Malcom Returns

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This past week’s episode of Politinerds featured our first return guest, Andrew Malcom, currently writing at Investors Business Daily and previously at The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and several other publications over the years. We last had Andrew on nearly two months ago, and even an extended show didn’t give us enough […]

UK Poll Tracker

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House of Commons elections are set for May 7th.  Here is the Economist‘s poll tracker:  click.

Almost Nobody Complains About ‘Saturday Night Live’ Profanity

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I’m not sure this is a concern that rises to the level of an article at The Atlantic.

Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Heart

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Nidal Hasan’s victims were finally awarded the Purple Heart yesterday. CSM (“Fort Hood shooting: why it took five years to award victims Purple Hearts“): More than five years after psychologist Nidal Hasan, then a US Army major, went on a shooting spree killing 13 people and wounding 30 others, the military victims of his rampage […]

Lincoln Chafee Apparently Thinking Of Running For President For Some Reason

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Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is apparently considering running for President: Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has announced that he is considering a campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president. The 62-year old former U.S. Senator and governor said in an interview that he wants to give Democratic voters a choice for […]

John McCain To Run For Sixth Term

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Arizona Senator John McCain announced last night that he will run for a sixth term in the Senate: Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) announced late Monday night that he will seek a sixth term in the U.S. Senate, acknowledging that he may face a primary challenge from the right but insisting he’s up to the […]

Bizarre Lucille Ball Statue Outrages Fans

Lucille Ball Statue

A statue supposedly intended to honor the late Lucille Ball has many of her fans in an uproar: Locals from Lucille Ball’s hometown are not happy with a public statue that was erected to honor the actress’ legacy, complaining that it’s “frightening” and looks nothing like her, and are now looking into fundraising options to fix […]

A History of Failed Rapprochement

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Worth a read from Foreign Policy:  From Washington to Tehran: A Legacy of Failure. If this deal holds it is a very, very big deal.

Sarah Brady, Gun Control Activist And Wife Of James Brady, Dies At 73

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It was less than a year ago that President’s Reagan’s former Press Secretary, James Brady, the most seriously wounded victim of the assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981, passed away. Yesterday, his wife Sarah passed away at the age of 73: Sarah Brady, who became a tireless gun control activist after her husband, the […]

Job Growth ‘Setback’

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The US economy added 126,000 jobs, much less than the guess of 244,000.

Arkansas Governor Demands Changes To RFRA Bill

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As I noted this morning, the battle over RFRA laws and how they impact the arguments over gay rights and same-sex marriage are extending beyond Indiana, particularly to Arkansas where the state legislature approved a bill similar to Indiana’s just yesterday and sent it to Governor Asa Hutchinson. Earlier today, after an uproar that included […]

Trevor Noah To Replace Jon Stewart On The Daily Show

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Comedy Central has chosen a relative unknown to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show: In December, Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, made his debut as an on-air contributor on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” offering his outsider’s perspective, as a biracial South African, on the United States. “I never thought I’d be more […]

George W. Bush Gets CIA Award

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President George W. Bush had a running battle with the CIA throughout his eight years in office. Now, they’ve given him an award.

Tammy Duckworth To Run Against Mark Kirk In 2016

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Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who defeated Republican Congressman Joe Walsh in 2012, will run against Republican Senator Mark Kirk in 2016: WASHINGTON – Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-Ill., will announce a 2016 Senate bid likely on Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. She is aiming to win the Democratic nomination to run against […]

Yemen Civil War Becoming Regional

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With everything going on in Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Tunisia, the last thing that the world needed was for unrest and war to spread to yet another country in the Middle East. Yemen, the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula and a historic site of unrest, is the latest to be engulfed in the sectarian […]

Germanwings Plane Likely Crashed Deliberately by Co-Pilot

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In a twist fitting for an M Night Shyamalan movie, there is growing evidence that there was malfeasance by the co-pilot that resulted in a deliberate crash of Germanwings flight 9525.

Obama Less Popular Than Fictional Presidents, More Popular Than Putin

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A new poll indicates that most fictional Presidents are more popular than the real thing: Whether it’s the earnest Josiah Bartlet from “The West Wing” or the manipulative Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” Americans prefer television presidents to their real-life POTUS, President Barack “No Drama” Obama. A Reuters-Ipsos poll taken this month found 54 […]

Indiana Senator Dan Coats To Retire

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Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats announced today that he will not be running for re-election in 2016: Republican Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana will not seek another term in office, he said Tuesday. Coats told the political news website Indy Politics that his age and his preference to legislate rather than campaign both played a […]

Rand Paul Supporters Crash Ted Cruz’s Announcement Speech

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A group of Liberty University students managed to get in some rather epic trolling at Ted Cruz’s speech today: LYNCHBURG, Va.—Sen.  Ted Cruz took the stage to declare his presidential candidacy at Liberty University Monday, surrounded by upwards of 10,000 cheering students. They weren’t all here by choice. Attendance at convocation at Liberty is mandatory, […]

Lee Kuan Yew, Founder And First Prime Minister Of Singapore, Dies At 91

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Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father and long-time Prime Minister of Singapore, died over the weekend at the age of 91: SINGAPORE — Lee Kuan Yew, who as its founding father and first prime minister transformed the tiny outpost of Singapore into one of the wealthiest and least corrupt countries in Asia, died on Monday […]

President Obama May Buy Magnum PI Home (No Word on Ferrari)

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Someone has bought the estate where “Magnum P.I.” Based on no apparent evidence, POLITICO speculates that it’s going to be the Obama retirement home. When he’s done being president, could Barack Obama grow a mustache, don a Hawaiian shirt, and start driving a red Ferrari? Obama loves Hawaii – the land of his childhood, the […]

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